Valentine’s Day: Dota and ChillBy eggs on
Valentine’s Day: Dota and Chill

It’s Valentine’s Day, a weekend night, and that fondue place is completely booked. Staying in and cooking is the usual recourse, and perhaps a little Netflix, but why not some Dota as a nightcap? It’s a communal experience, both parties are invested in each other’s success, and it’s an opportunity to involve your significant other in one of your interests. Best of all, it's free.

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Behind the MicBy Skim on
Behind the Mic

being able to translate action into words so the general audience can comprehend the experience. They simplify the complexities of what is happening on the battlefield and enhance our viewing experience. They carry us through the dull moments and hype us up for the exciting ones. What is being said is just as important as what is happening on screen.We approached some of the casters headed to Shanghai, as well as Esports veteran, Paul ‘Redeye’ Chaloner, to get a look behind the microphone.

Then and Now: Heroes of TodayBy KawaiiSocks on
Then and Now: Heroes of Today

It is no secret that meta in Dota is very seasonal in nature—every patch introduces nerfs and buffs which to a certain degree dictate what heroes are going to be more successful. Over the last several years we have made an almost full cycle with the available roster of heroes. Each similar-meta iteration was quite different, however, since the introduction of new items and heroes has an impact of its own. Today, with an almost complete roster of original heroes, as well as some new additions, it might be interesting to have a look at what heroes long forgotten are resurging.

Then and Now: Heroes Of Recent PastBy eggs on
Then and Now: Heroes Of Recent Past

Does knowing the history of Dota matter? Newcomers, whether player or spectator, will see the meta that is playing today, without the context of what happened before. There are no history books for the revolving door of heroes in and out of the meta. The truth is that experience and knowledge, from both past and present, matters in a game with such a strict learning curve. Here’s an ode to recently passed heroes—gone, forgotten, but still part of the game.

Outworld Devourer—Return to the MetaBy KawaiiSocks on
Outworld Devourer—Return to the Meta

Throughout the history of Dota, many heroes have been considered overpowered and to a certain degree it is normal—some patches are going to favor certain heroes more. Very few, however, have ever reached the degree of strength Outworld Devourer once had—in the last year only 6.83 Sniper could potentially boast the same degree of popularity and success. Today we’ll discuss the return of OD into pub and pro metas and what changes have resulted in his rise to the top.

6.86: StarLadder & MDL Meta IndicationsBy Skim on
6.86: StarLadder & MDL Meta Indications

The Shanghai Major is about a month away and it’s then when we will see the true strengths of this patch. However, we very likely already have a good idea of what to expect. Let's talk about the MDL and StarLadder trends in the meta.

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